The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled Vladislav Namestnikov on Thursday as it appears as if J.T. Brown is nursing an upper-body injury. The Bolts face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight.
Namestnikov (pictured) has seven points in 26 games with the Lightning this season while generating 35 points in 34 games at the AHL level. As the 27th pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, he’s yet another intriguing forward talent for a Tampa Bay team that’s just bursting with it. The 22-year-old has 30 games of NHL experience between the past two seasons.
Brown being injured (via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times) isn’t great news, obviously, but the Lightning may be on the verge of getting that much deeper on defense, as it seems like Matt Carle isn’t that far from returning:
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It seems like former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson has a part-time job in which he says negative things about his old team. The Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno presents the latest it of grim commentary, as Wilson told Fan 590 that their rebuild could take seven-to-eight years. (Whyno’s tweet)
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It looks like Vancouver is indeed going forward with naming a street Pat Quinn Way. Great stuff. (Metro News)
Pittsburgh Penguins assistant Gary Agnew thought the team looked “lethargic” in their 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche (Penguins website)
A commercial involving Bobby Ryan and Brent Burns seems random – especially since it isn’t for a pizza company – but it turns brilliant here:
It’s oddly fitting that a goalie shined the brightest in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, as netminders provided tons of drama.
Jonathan Bernier was absolutely brilliant in making 40 saves and ended Toronto’s 16-game road winless streak, but most eyes were on Roberto Luongo, Al Montoya and … Robb Tallas.
It started out with Luongo, who was hurt by a first period shot. Montoya then got hurt himself during the third period, yet with Florida in a huge bind, the backup goalie did his best to tough things out (eventually giving up the game-deciding goal as he could barely move properly).
All eyes were on the Panthers bench and walkway, as goalie coach Tallas warmed up in an emergency capacity. It only got weirder when Luongo was seen discussing the situation with Panthers GM Dale Tallon and other staffers in street clothes before coming back out in his gear to finish the game.
Luongo stopped all 19 of the shots he faced, suffer what seemed like a shoulder injury, and ended the night with a non-decision.
It was an absolutely surreal situation, yet it could have serious playoff implications if Luongo and/or Montoya are significantly hurt.
Lot of praise for Al Montoya and Roberto Luongo for playing hurt but #FlaPanthers know they had no business losing to #Leafs
On the bright side for Florida, they do have an experienced goalie waiting in the wings in Dan Ellis. In less savory news, their goalies weren’t the only players to get banged up, as Nick Bjugstad was shaken up when he took a puck up high.
Yeah, not a great night for the Panthers, so they probably won’t get much of a kick out of these bits of information about Tallas: